Lifestyle

Slimming World with ME/CFS

Disclaimer: I am NOT affiliated with Slimming World. I simply attend (virtually at the moment) each week, follow the programme and it’s amazing. I simply wanted to share what it’s like!  Disclaimer number 2: I would class my M.E. as moderate or 40-50% on the M.E. Association’s Disability Rating Scale. In no way do I […]

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A Letter to My Nearest and Dearest

To my wonderful friends and family (you know who you are),  I want to attempt to say thank you to you all but also sorry at the same time by writing this open letter. I’m not entirely sure I’ll manage but here goes. For those who haven’t met me in person but have supported me […]

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“Mum Guilt” with Chronic Illness

Mum guilt is one of those things that the majority of mums live with. We seem to worry about every aspect of our child’s upbringing. Are we feeding them the right things? Are they watching too much TV? Are we stimulating them enough or even too much? Mum guilt almost seems to be a rite […]

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Hiring a Wheelchair

(AD: This post is sponsored by Mobility Hire at http://www.mobilityhire.com. Mobility Hire are the UK’s Number 1 supplier of mobility equipment on both short and long term hire nationwide.) Hiring a wheelchair is something you don’t often see written about in the public domain. Most people have purchased their wheelchairs, whether they be manual or […]

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Parenting and Pacing

Parenting and pacing. 2 words that really sound like they shouldn’t go together. How on earth does one learn to pace oneself as a parent with ME CFS? Parenting is tiring, there’s no doubt about that. It involves a lot of energy. How do you ration the *limited* energy you have as a chronically ill […]

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Why Christmas May Not Be the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Warning: this post may come across a bit Scrooge-like. If this offends you, stop reading here.  “It’s the most wonderful time of the yearWith the kids jingle bellingAnd everyone telling you be of good cheerIt’s the most wonderful time of the year…” Andy Williams As we go about our daily business in the month of […]

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Toxic Positivity – Why is it so dangerous?

I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for a while but never quite had the words. Hopefully the words below make sense! I’m posting this in December but it’s got nothing to do with Christmas. Although, saying that, the sentiments could definitely be applied to the festive season.  Related: Mummying and M.E. – Surviving […]

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Surviving My First Christmas with ME CFS

This post was written for Leo | The Anxious Teacher at https://theanxiousteachtwo.home.blog as part of #Blogmas. The fairy lights are twinkling. Christmas trees are popping up left, right and centre. Shops and supermarkets are pushing their stock of all things gift-like. It’s not yet December but the Christmas period is well and truly upon us.  […]

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Things We’d Love to Tell our Recently-Diagnosed Selves

Recently I started writing about my reflections over the last year. Since falling ill, many things have happened. Starting my blog. Getting my first powerchair. And it’s really got me thinking: if I could give advice to my newly diagnosed self what would it be? Things are so massively different since then, some in really […]

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Isolation and M.E.

This article was written for the disability charity Scope, on the theme of isolation. You can check the published article out here: Scope Online Community – 25th November 2019 – All-encompassing isolation when living with a chronic illness I’m Sophie and I live with several chronic illnesses, the most disabling of which are my M.E. […]

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